Chris Kirk survived a wild back nine on Sunday to win the McGladrey Classic, thanks to one big mistake by Briny Baird that kept him winless in 365 starts on the PGA Tour.
Kirk closed with a 4-under-par 66 for his second career win, though he received plenty of help from Baird. They were tied for the lead playing the 18th hole at Sea Island when Baird drove into a fairway bunker. He topped a 4-iron that went about 90 yards and into a hazard.
Kirk only had to make par for a one-shot win over Baird (67) and Tim Clark (62).
''He was making 4 from where he was,'' Baird said. ''I didn't have a really good lie, but it was a do-able shot. My foot just slipped. It was a do-able shot. It really was. I didn't do a good job.''
The victory sends Kirk to the Masters for the first time. He had been living at Sea Island for the past six years until moving back to Atlanta.
He had reason to exhale when it was over. Kirk made birdies on the 11th and 12th ho...